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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 3 January 1997 (USA)
A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Burt DeLaughter
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Claire DeLaughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Reena Evers
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Ghosts of Mississippi is a real-life drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the assassin of heroic civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The movie begins with the murder on June 12, 1963 and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers district attorney Bobby De Laughter's transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers' widow, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Byron De La Beckwith was convicted on February 5, 1994, after having remained a free man for much of the 30 years after the murder, giving justice for Medgar Evers' family. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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From the director of A Few Good Men comes a compelling true story. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for a strong scene of violence and for racial dialogue | See all certifications »

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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Fantasmas del pasado  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$168,012 (USA) (20 December 1996)

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$13,052,741 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Tom Hanks was the original choice to play Bobby Delaughter. See more »

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When calling from the movie theater, Alec Baldwin goes to a pay phone in the lobby and dials the number without inserting any coins and is able to connect without it being a collect call. See more »

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Medgar Evers: In the horrific deaths of Emmett Till, Reverend G.W. Lee, Lamar Smith and a variety of other atrocities, no one has been convicted. And we feel that those guilty of having commited these ungodly acts have the feeling of assurance that nothing ever would be done. For you see, ladies and gentlemen, white juries have yet to convict a white man in Mississippi guilty of a crime against a Negro.
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Features In Cold Blood (1967) See more »

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Mannish Boy
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield), Bo Diddley (as Elias McDaniel) and Melvin London
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Plodding history lesson ...................
28 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been a pretty good ninety minute film. Unfortunately it is 130 minutes and the extra 40 minutes is almost fatal. There is an important story being told, that is somewhat dulled by way too much extraneous material, along with some distracting family distress, and child coddling. Less would have been best in the case of "Ghosts of Mississippi. The acting by Alec Baldwin, Whoppi Goldberg, and especially James Woods is totally acceptable, but the movie drags on way too long. I realize being based on fact, the writers were somewhat restricted, but I would have preferred a leaner story, without the distracting extras involving wives and children. - MERK


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